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What 2020 Taught Me

Phew! Now that we are surely and safely in 2021, I’m going to talk about 2020 – the year that should not be mentioned! For most of us, 2020 came as a real killjoy. It messed with the all the grand plans we had, and it put us in a state of collective fear unlike anything ever before, and it pushed us way out of our comfort zones. But if you are listening to this today, maybe take a breath and let it sink in that we are actually here. We rarely express gratitude for staying through a year, but staying through 2020 really deserves it. It was a year of staying alive, literally and figuratively. And I think we should all take a moment to appreciate that we’ve managed to move over to a new year alive. The whole year division is a completely manmade construct, but it’s good

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My wife and I on the kayak


“Chippi, I think we’re drifting away,” I told my wife. It was just a casual observation. About the kayak that we were on, wobbling and bobbing away because we still hadn’t figured out how to paddle.  This was a trip I wanted to take ever since I learned you could kayak on the backwaters of Alappuzha, a lovely town a couple of hours from where we live. It then came up recently during a dinner with friends, and plans were quickly made. And that’s how we found ourselves in a two-seater kayak, one occupant extremely scared of the water we were in, and the other on the brink of going overboard. Figuratively.  Everyone else in the gang took single-seater kayaks and figured out paddling quite instinctively and took off. For us though, it took some deliberate coordination to set the kayak in the right direction. Right there is when I

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